Cox Media Group
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Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that also includes Valpak and the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. The company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers, more than a dozen non-daily publications and more than 100 digital services.
In December 2008, Cox Enterprises created Cox Media Group (CMG) by merging Cox Newspapers, Cox Radio and Cox Television into one integrated digital media company. The creation of Cox Media Group was a departure from grouping subsidiaries based solely on publishing medium.
CMG introduced a new group buying discount program called DealSwarm in October 2010. DealSwarm provides online discounts at local businesses. The program is active in such Cox Media Group properties as Atlanta, Austin and Dayton.
In July, 2012 CMG announced its intention to sell its radio stations in smaller markets: Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, Richmond, and Southern Connecticut. It also intends to spin off its smaller market television stations in El Paso, Johnstown, Reno, and Steubenville. The company said it intended to focus on larger markets or smaller markets that could be clustered together with other CMG properties. On February 12, 2013, CMG announced the sale of the Birmingham, Greenville, Hawaii, Louisville, and Richmond radio stations to Summit Media, and the southern Connecticut stations to Connoisseur Media; two weeks later, on February 25, the company announced the sale of the four television stations (and the local marketing agreement for a fifth) to Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
- Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas
- Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio
- Hamilton Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio
- The Middletown Journal, Middletown, Ohio
- Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach, Florida
- The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, Florida
- Springfield News-Sun, Springfield, Ohio
CMG formerly held the majority stake in the cable TV network Travel Channel but spun it off to Scripps in 2009. The following newspapers were at one time owned by subsidiary Cox Newspapers Inc. or CMG:
- Chandler Arizonan, Chandler, Arizona
- Longview News-Journal, Longview, Texas
- Mesa Tribune, Mesa, Arizona
- Orange Leader, Orange, Texas
- Palo Verde Valley Times, Blythe, California
- Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas
- Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
- Scottsdale Progress, Mesa, Arizona
- Tempe Daily News, Tempe, Arizona
- The Daily Advance, Advance, North Carolina
- The Daily Reflector, Greenville, North Carolina
- The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colorado
- The Daily Sentinel, Nacogdoches, Texas
- The Lufkin Daily News, Lufkin, Texas
- The Marshall News Messenger, Marshall, Texas
- Waco Tribune-Herald, Waco, Texas
- Active Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
- Beaufort-Hyde News, Belhaven, North Carolina
- Bertie Ledger-Advance, Windsor, North Carolina
- Farmville Enterprise, North Carolina
- Perquimans Weekly, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
- Standard Laconic, Snow Hill, North Carolina
- The Chowan Herald, Edenton, North Carolina
- The Duplin Times, Kenansville, North Carolina
- The Enterprise, Williamston, North Carolina
- The Nickel-Grand Junction, Grand Junction, Colorado
- Times-Leader, Ayden-Grifton, North Carolina
- Weekly Herald, Robersonville, North Carolina
Cox-owned television stations
Stations are listed in alphabetical order by state and city of license.
- (**) - Indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
|City of License / Market||Station||Channel TV (RF)||Owned Since||Primary Affiliation|
|Oakland - San Francisco - San Jose||KTVU||2 (44)||1963||Fox|
|Jacksonville, Florida||WAWS||30 (32)||2012||Fox
|WTEV-TV 1||47 (19)||2012||CBS|
|Orlando - Daytona Beach||WFTV||9 (39)||1985||ABC|
|Atlanta||WSB-TV **||2 (39)||1948||ABC|
|Dayton, Ohio||WHIO-TV **||7 (41)||1949||CBS|
|Tulsa, Oklahoma||KOKI-TV||23 (22)||2012||Fox|
|Seattle - Tacoma||KIRO-TV||7 (39)||1997||CBS|
- 1 Through a shared services agreement, Cox operates WTEV-TV, owned by Bayshore Television, LLC.
|City of License / Market||Station||Channel TV (RF)||Years Owned||Current Ownership Status|
|Detroit||WKBD-TV||50 (14)||1984-1993||The CW affiliate owned by CBS Corporation|
|St. Louis||KDNL-TV||30 (31)||1981-1991||ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Reno, Nevada||KRXI-TV||11 (44)||1995-2013||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|KAME-TV||21 (20)||1||MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Deerfield Media
(operated under an LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|Steubenville, OH - Wheeling, W.V.||WTOV-TV||9 (9)||2000-2013||NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Johnstown - Altoona, PA||WJAC-TV||6 (34)||2000-2013||NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|El Paso||KFOX-TV||14 (15)||1996-2013||Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group|
- 1 Owned by Ellis Communications, Cox operated this station, along with sister-station KRXI-TV.
- Note: ** -- indicates a station built and signed on by Cox.
|AM Stations||FM Stations|
|DMA#||Market||Station||Owned Since||Current Format|
|6.||Houston - Galveston, TX||KHPT-106.9||2000||Classic Hits|
|7.||Atlanta||WALR-FM-104.1||2000||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|WSBB-FM-95.5||1999||Simulcasts WSB (AM)|
|WSB-FM-98.5 **||1948||Adult Contemporary|
|Unranked||Athens, GA||WGMG-102.1||2008||Adult Contemporary|
|WPUP-100.1||2008||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|12.||Miami - Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, FL||WEDR-99.1||Urban Contemporary|
|WFEZ-93.1||Soft adult contemporary|
|WHQT-105.1||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|18.||Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater, FL||WDUV-105.5||Soft Adult Contemporary|
|WPOI-101.5||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|19.||Nassau - Suffolk, N.Y.||WBAB-102.3||1998||Classic Rock|
|WBLI-106.1||1998||Contemporary Hit Radio|
|KSMG-105.3||Hot Adult Top 40 Hits|
|34.||Orlando||WCFB-94.5||1997||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|46.||Jacksonville||WAPE-FM-95.1||Contemporary Hit radio|
|WOKV-FM-104.5||simulcasts WOKV (AM)|
|62.||Dayton, Ohio||WHIO-FM-95.7||simulcasts WHIO (AM)|
|WHKO-99.1 **||1946||Country music|
|65.||Tulsa, Oklahoma||KJSR-103.3||1995||Classic Rock|
|KRAV-FM-96.5||Hot Adult contemporary|
- Atlanta Business Chronicle (2008-08-13). "Cox to sell off several newspapers, Valpak operations - Atlanta Business Chronicle". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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- "Cox Radio Inc. Profile - The Business Journals". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "Cox Newspapers, Inc. Profile - The Business Journals". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Business First (2008-12-04). "Cox media units combining into Cox Media Group - Louisville - Business First". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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- "The DealSwarm Arrives in Atlanta, Austin, Dayton, Seattle with O". Cox Media Group. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Carlton, Bob (February 12, 2013). "Cox Media sells Kiss, Jamz, WZZK, other Birmingham radio stations to group that includes David DuBose". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- Malone, Michael (February 25, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Five Cox Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved February 25, 2013.